Mississippi Sports Betting 2024: When Will Mississippi Sportsbooks Launch?

BetMississippi.com is your No. 1 source for all things Mississippi sports betting. While retail sports betting has been legal since 2018, online Mississippi sportsbooks have not been legalized in the state yet, but the long-awaited arrival could be coming soon with the passing of House Bill 606 and early momentum for House Bill 774.

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Mississippi Sports Betting Launch Updates February 2024

House Bill 774, the Mississippi Mobile Sports Wagering Act, has cruised through the House and passed by a whopping 97-14 vote. The bill will now head to the Senate where they will have until April 2 to accept or reject the measure. 

โœ… Is Sport Betting Legal in Mississippi?Yes, But Only at Retail Locations
๐Ÿ”ฅ Latest Development February 2024HB 774 passes in the House 97-14; will now go to Senate
๐Ÿš€ When Will Sportsbooks Launch?2024 at the earliest
๐ŸŽฏ Expected Mississippi SportsbooksBetMGM, Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings

HB774 is the follow-up to the passing of HB606 which created the Mobile Sports Betting Task Force to study the industry across the US and figure out how to best implement online betting in Mississippi. HB606 passed with overwhelming support from both the House and Senate, meaning there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about the Senate accepting HB774. 

The early concerns regarding the bill seem to be centered around making sure some of Mississippi's smaller casinos are able to profit from the expansion and that the larger casinos can't corner the market. Even if the Senate rejects the bill and it has to be amended in the House, early signs point to a deal getting done in the near future.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Mississippi?

Retail sports betting is legal in Mississippi and has been since the summer of 2018. This was the year in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a decision that opened the door for states to open legal sports betting markets if they so desired.

Mississippi had already investigated the feasibility of online gambling with the creation of an internet gaming task force in 2014, which reported technological and revenue concerns at the time. Then in 2017, the Fantasy Contest Act, which legalized Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games in the state, modified some of the conditions of the 1990 Mississippi Gaming Control Act, which authorized the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate riverboat casinos.

There are now about two dozen casinos and other locations where you can place a sports bet in person in Mississippi. However, BetMGM is the sole online MS betting site operating in the state so far, and you can place a sports bet through it only if you are physically located at a BetMGM casino.

When Will Sports Betting Be Legal in Mississippi?

There is currently no set timeline for when online sports betting will be legal in Mississippi, but there is early momentum for passing legislation sometime in 2024. House Bill 774 has already been passed by the House and will now go to the Senate for consideration. The Senate will have until April 2 to reject or pass the bill. We'll keep this page updated with the latest news surrounding the expansion of Mississippi online betting.

Has There Been Any Mississippi Sports Betting Bill Progress?

Mississippi was one of the first states to authorize sports betting on casino property after the Professional and Amature Sports Protection Act was repealed in 2018. 

Four bills that would have legalized online sports betting failed to make it out of committee in 2022. Rep. Casey Eure proposed House Bill 997, which would have legalized online sports betting, but would have required bettors to appear in person to register their accounts every 12 months, which would have been the first of its kind in the country. Rep. Cedric Burnett filed House Bill 184 for his third try in four years to legalize mobile sports betting. Sen. Philip Moran wants to approve mobile and esports betting through Senate Bill 2462. A third bill, Senate Bill 2652, had the same title and language similar to that in Eureโ€™s bill, but does not include the in-person requirement.

House Bill 606 was one of three introduced during Jan. 2023โ€™s legislative session. The original language of the bill would have allowed mobile sports betting anywhere in the state. But Eure, who sponsored the bill, amended its scope to focus on creating a task force to investigate the effects of mobile sports gambling first. Other states have explored similar paths to legalization, including Georgia and Vermont.

On January 30, 2024, the House Gaming Committee took up HB 774 and the bill will now progress to be reviewed by the full House. If this bill gets signed off by the Governor, it would require mobile betting brands to partner with a retail casino and would expand online betting across Mississippi. It also permits Mississippi's casino operators to build out their own online platform if they want to go that route.

Latest News Impacting Sports Betting in Mississippi

Unrestricted Mississippi sports betting is taking a unique path to legalization. Below is a timeline of the specific updates affecting Mississippi sportsbooks:

  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ February 1, 2024: HB774 receives overwhelming support in the House and is passed by a vote of 97-14. It will now head to the Senate.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ January 30, 2024: The House Gaming Committee takes up House Bill 774 which will expand online sports betting in Mississippi to be available anywhere within state lines. The bill is now available to be considered by the full House.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ March 29, 2023: Gov. Tate Reeves signs House Bill 606 into law, creating a mobile sports betting task force in Mississippi.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ March 21, 2023: House Bill 606 is passed through the Mississippi state legislature.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Jan. 2023: Three bills are introduced in the Mississippi state House, including Rep. Casey Eureโ€™s House Bill 606.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Feb. 2022: All four bills fail to make it out of committee.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Jan. 2022: Four bills are introduced to legalize sports gambling, including Rep. Casey Eureโ€™s House Bill 997.

Latest Mississippi Sports Betting News

Our staff of veteran gambling reporters keeps you up-to-date with the latest Mississippi sports betting news. We pride ourselves on bringing you breaking news and analysis of all developments in the world of online sports betting.

Best Mississippi Sportsbooks Potentially Launching

Sports fans who want to enjoy Mississippi online betting will currently find their options strictly limited. The only way you can place online wagers is by traveling to a casino and accessing an online sportsbook through your mobile device. When BetMGM went live in September 2021, it became the first online sportsbook in Mississippi that can be used in this way.

Attempts to push forward and legalize sports betting online across the state were foundered in early 2022. The earliest this situation can change is Dec. 2023, and clearly, there remains some hesitancy. However, the legalization of online sports betting in neighboring states may deliver a significant impact on takings at Mississippi casinos; that may in turn lead to more lawmakers favoring an online betting market in Mississippi.

โญ BetMGM SportsbookBest Mississippi Sportsbook
โœ… FanDuel SportsbookMost Trusted MS Sportsbook
๐Ÿ† Caesars SportsbookBest for NFL Betting in MS
๐Ÿ‘‘ DraftKings SportsbookRecommended for New Bettors

If and when online betting becomes fully legal in Mississippi, here is a selection of the leading brands you can expect to be granted licenses to operate across the Magnolia State:

Ranking the BEST Mississippi Sportsbook: BetMGM

BetMGM is unique in that it is so far the only operator allowed to operate Mississippi sports betting online. However, the significant catch is that you must visit one of the MGM casinos located in the state to access the online sportsbook. These properties include the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi and the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. The bookmaker has leveraged its expertise in casinos to create an excellent sportsbook that is highly respected in several states where it is live.

The BetMGM Mississippi bonus code is STATESBONUSMGM, but you can only use it at MGM-operated sportsbooks in Mississippi.

๐ŸŽ Offer$1K Bet Refund with STATESBONUSMGM for New Users
๐Ÿ“† Expected Launch DateLive at BetMGM Casinos ONLY

Ranking the BEST Mississippi Sportsbook for New Bettors: DraftKings

DraftKings is a brand that has evolved shrewdly since its days as merely a top provider of Daily Fantasy Sports contests. It is now widely regarded as one of the leading players in any state where online sports betting is permitted. The operator offers an extensively user-friendly wagering experience and a broad range of sports to bet on. It already has a presence in Mississippi, where it provides the retail sportsbook at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort.

๐ŸŽ Expected OfferDeposit Bonus up to $1,000
๐Ÿ“† Expected Launch Date2024-2025

Ranking the BEST Mississippi Sportsbook for User Experience: FanDuel

FanDuel is live in numerous states where wagering is fully legal - and it provides an outstanding experience in each of them. This is a brand that has built superbly on the launchpad created by its excellence in the Daily Fantasy Sports space. It now appears at or near the top for handle in virtually all the states where it is live, a status justified by the all-around excellence of its features and user experience. It already operates retail books in MS at the IP Casino and Sam's Town Casino.

๐ŸŽ Expected OfferRisk-free bet up to $1,000
๐Ÿ“† Expected Launch Date2024-2025

Ranking the BEST Mississippi Sportsbook for NFL Betting: Caesars

Caesars is arguably the most famous name in the world of American casinos. It has embraced the opportunity given by the legalization of sports betting to create a superb sportsbook that is now available in several states. You can bet at several retail locations on casino grounds in Mississippi, including the Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi. If and when the online sportsbook goes live here, visitors will find an outstanding choice of sports, bonuses and promotions.

๐ŸŽ Expected Offer$1,100 First Bet Insurance
๐Ÿ“† Expected Launch Date2024-2025

What Sportsbooks are in Mississippi?

There is some irony in the fact that Mississippi was one of the first states to push forward with legalized sports betting in the wake of the repeal of PASPA. Yet it now trails dozens of other states that have a fully-fledged licensed online market.

You can place a bet in Mississippi, but you have to be at one of the casinos that take sports bets. There are just over 20 casinos with sportsbooks in the state where you can place wagers. Iโ€™ll explain later on in this article what kinds of bets you can place.

But if you want to place an online sports bet, your only option is BetMGM and you have to be at one of its properties, such as the Beau Rivage Casino Resort or the Gold Strike Casino Resort, to do so.

When Will Mississippi Sportsbooks Launch?

We donโ€™t know exactly when Mississippi sportsbooks will launch, but now we have a timeline of important checkpoints coming up in 2023 to monitor. The stateโ€™s task force will meet within 60 days of July 1, finalize committee members by July 31 and deliver findings by December 15. That likely puts the earliest possible legislative action in the January 2024 session.

Neighboring states Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas already legalized online sports betting in 2019, 2021 and 2022, respectively. Alabama has not yet legalized online sports betting despite several legislative attempts since 2019.

How Many Sportsbooks are There in Mississippi?

There is only one online sportsbook in Mississippi, BetMGM. To place wagers on their app or website, you must be physically located at one of their casino properties in the state. There are over two dozen casinos in Mississippi, and you can place sports bets at those that accept them. FanDuel and DraftKings operate some retail casino sportsbooks within the state.

Sportsbooks Partnered with Mississippi Sports Teams

In states where sports betting is legal, many sports teams have entered into lucrative partnerships with leading gambling companies. These relationships are beneficial to both parties. While there arenโ€™t any major-league sports currently headquartered in Mississippi, several state-adjacent teams have partnerships in place with sportsbooks. 

For instance, in 2020 the Tennessee Titans became the first team in the state to enter into such a partnership when it named BetMGM as an official partner. In October 2021, the Nashville Predators entered into a similar agreement with the Bally's Corporation. The New Orleans Saints are partnered with Caesars, who also has naming rights to their home stadium. The New Orleans Pelicans announced a partnership with BetRivers in February 2022, and also have partnerships with Bally's and Caesars. The Memphis Grizzlies are also Caesars partners while the St. Louis Blues partner with DraftKings. In 2021, Louisiana State University unveiled Caesars as the official betting partner of its athletics program. It is still rare for a college to enter into such an arrangement.

Fans of these teams will be happy to bet with their teamโ€™s official sportsbook partners, if and when Mississippi sports betting becomes official.

Can You Sports Bet in Mississippi?

You can sports bet in Mississippi, but there are heavy restrictions. You can only place bets in a brick-and-mortar physical casino location within the state. The only online sportsbook operating is BetMGM, and you have to be on casino grounds in order to use their app or website.

The most recent legislation, House Bill 606, creates a task force to study online sports betting, with the hope that it could be legalized by the next session in January 2024.

How to Bet on Sports in Mississippi

There are two ways to bet on sports in Mississippi. The first is by visiting one of Mississippiโ€™s 20+ casinos in person and placing wagers with those that accept them using one of the kiosks or with a teller on the casino floor. Some Mississippi casinos are offering the option to use bet building tools before you come into the casino, so you can have your bet slip all ready to go. FanDuel and DraftKings operate some sportsbooks at retail casino properties.

The second is by using the BetMGM app or website to place a wager while at a BetMGM-operated sportsbook, such as the one at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi or Gold Strike in Robinsville. The app and website are geogated to only work while on casino property.

Where Can I Bet on Sports in Mississippi?

You can bet on sports in Mississippi at physical casino locations. There are just over 20 brick-and-mortar casinos throughout the state. You need to be on property, but you can use the BetMGM app or website if you are located at a casino where the BetMGM sportsbook operates.

Is Online Sports Betting Legal in Mississippi?

No, online sports betting is not legal in most cases in Mississippi. The only instance where it is allowed is with BetMGM. You can use their app or website to place sports bets only while located within the property of a casino whose sportsbook is BetMGM-run.

Four bills that would have legalized online sports betting throughout the state failed to make it out of committee in 2022โ€™s legislative sessions. Rep. Casey Eure introduced bills in consecutive legislative sessions in 2022 and 2023. His attempt in 2023, House Bill 606, was successfully pushed through, creating a task force to study online sports betting. Rep. Cedric Burnett tried three times in the four years between 2018 and 2022 to legalize mobile sports betting. 

How Mississippi Sports Betting Compares to the Other Legal States

Mississippi presents an interesting point of comparison with states where online betting sites have been legalized. Once ahead of the game in 2018, the market in the Magnolia State now is effectively retail-only as online sports betting grows exponentially in other states. There are about two dozen retail sportsbooks in the state, but only one online, and the crucial consideration is that you have to be present at a casino to place an online bet.

This is clearly a far less-liberated industry than you find in many other states. The fact that neighboring states such as Louisiana and Tennessee have embraced online sports betting means that the comparison will only become more stark.

It is virtually inevitable that the size of the handle (and tax revenue) in those states will dwarf those of Mississippi. That may create a sense of urgency for MS legislators to allow an online sports betting market that covers the whole state and not just casino premises.

Timeline For Mississippi Sports Betting Legislation

Mississippi took one step closer towards legalizing online sports betting everywhere in the state with the passing of House Bill 606. Hereโ€™s what it took to get to this point in Mississippi sports betting:

  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ March 29, 2023: Gov. Tate Reeves signs House Bill 606 into law, creating a mobile sports betting task force in Mississippi.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ March 21, 2023: House Bill 606 is passed through the Mississippi state legislature.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Jan. 2023: Three bills are introduced in Mississippi state House, including House Bill 606
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Feb. 2022: All four bills fail to make it out of committee
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Jan. 2022: Four bills are introduced to legalize sports gambling, including Rep. Casey Eureโ€™s House Bill 997
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ May 2018: Retail sports betting is approved in Mississippi following PAPSAโ€™s repeal.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ March 2017: The Fantasy Contest Act legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games in the state
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 2014: The State Taskforce on Internet Gaming and Sports Betting is created to study the feasibility of online wagering.
  • ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 1990: The Mississippi Gaming Control Act establishes the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate dockside casinos.

Who Regulates Mississippi Sports Betting Sites?

The Mississippi Gaming Commission regulates Mississippi sports gambling. It was established in the 1990 Mississippi Gaming Control Act originally to oversee the stateโ€™s one-of-a-kind riverboat casinos. The latest legislation created the Mobile Sports Betting Task Force, a 13-member committee made up of state lawmakers, who will study and present their findings on online sports gambling expansion to the Joint Committee On Performance Evaluation And Expenditure Review (PEER), which is a standing committee in the Mississippi state legislature. PEER analyzes state agency programs and operations, and is made up of 14 state congress members.

What is the Legal Age to Bet in Mississippi?

The legal age to bet in Mississippi is 21. Thatโ€™s consistent with most other neighboring states and states across the country.

Do I Need to be a Mississippi Resident to Bet Online?

You do not need to be a Mississippi resident to bet online. You do, however, need to be 21 or older and located within the grounds of a BetMGM-operated sportsbook casino.

Mississippi Sports Betting Licenses

Each licensed casino must pay an annual $5,000 fee to the state, as well as โ€‹license fees based on the number of games offered at the casino and specific municipal/county fees based on location.

There have not been any online Mississippi sports betting licenses given out in the state as of yet. Itโ€™s possible that the Mobile Sports Betting Task Force and PEER committee will come back with a recommendation on the number and nature of sports betting licenses when they publish their findings in December 2023.

Mississippi Sports Betting Revenue Projection

The current retail-only sports betting market in Mississippi generates more revenue than any other of its kind in the USA. The figures for 2021 show a total handle of $741million, sports betting revenue of $78million and a contribution to the state's tax coffers of $9.4million.

These are impressive numbers - but they are likely to be dwarfed by the figures from neighboring states that have recently passed their own sports betting laws. In Louisiana and Tennessee, for instance, the likely handle and tax revenue may focus minds in the Magnolia State around the viability - and desirability - of Mississippi online sports betting.

Choosing the Best Mississippi Online Sportsbook

If the sports betting laws concerning Mississippi sports betting change, there should be a healthy selection of sportsbooks offering the opportunity to enjoy sports gambling. How do you choose from the various betting sites on offer to ensure you register with a company most appropriate to your style of wagering? There are several factors that should be taken into account when making such a decision.

Read Reviews

Most of the operators that are allowed to offer online betting in Mississippi in the future will have extensive experience in trading in various other states. There are plenty of locations online where customers of those sportsbooks are happy to share their experiences, both positive and negative. We will also be carrying in-depth, expert reviews of every operator licensed by the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

What Bets Are Allowed?

There are a host of ways in which you can place a wager on a sporting event, many of which are explained below. The best mobile betting companies will enable you to bet in your favorite way by offering a broad selection of markets on each game. They will also, it must be said, have a rich choice of sports so that you can be sure your favorite team or league appears on the list of available bets.

Great Pricing On Betting Lines and Odds

As you become more experienced in mobile sports betting, you may begin to appreciate the value of getting the best odds on every bet you place. If you backed a winner at +140 and your buddy placed the same bet at +160, it takes the shine off your victory. Operators that offer ultra-competitive odds, either on particular sports or across the board, score highly with reviewers and regular bettors.

Welcome Bonus

The opportunity to take advantage of a generous welcome offer should be automatic at any leading sportsbook. However, there should be regular chances to get extra value and rewards on an ongoing basis. These could come in the form of odds boosts, free bets, reduced-juice hours, or even promotions around particular sporting events. What matters is that you feel valued and rewarded as a loyal customer.

User Experience

You can have all the great odds, bonuses and markets in the world, but if placing your wager is a slow and frustrating process, all that good work can be undone. Leading sites invest considerably in making their online and mobile betting experience as enjoyable as possible. As well as being quick and easy to use, any platform should be well designed so that you can navigate easily from page to page.

Deposits & Withdrawals

We all have a preferred method of moving our money around online. Ideally, your chosen book should enable you to deposit funds and withdraw them, in that way. Most operators have a broad selection of banking methods, including debit and credit cards, bank transfers, e-wallets, and prepaid cards, but always check that you will be able to put money into your account, and withdraw it, quickly and easily.

Customer Service

Ideally, you don't want to have to contact your MS sportsbook. But if a question, issue or dispute arises, you want it to be addressed and resolved as quickly as possible. There should be several ways of contacting the customer support team, including telephone, email, 24/7 live chat and even a comprehensive FAQ section.

Why Sign Up For Multiple Mississippi Sports Betting Sites?

Should the opportunity arrive for you to wager through mobile apps in Mississippi, there is nothing to say you have to sign up with just one sportsbook. Indeed, there are many reasons why you should open several accounts to make sure you are getting the best Mississippi sports betting experience possible.

Get The Best Line

If you have more than one legal Mississippi sportsbook account, you will be able to compare lines and odds on particular events. You will be able to work out which operators offer the best margins or prices at certain times of day - and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are getting the best possible odds for your selection in a game or race.

Intro Betting Bonuses

There is no escaping the fact that welcome offers can be staggeringly generous as operators attempt to persuade you to become a customer. Why not take advantage of several such bonuses? You could be playing with the operators' money on a host of events for quite some time as a result.

Bet Offerings

You may find that you like one's treatment of traditional American sports - but also want to wager on European hockey, which isn't carried by that operator. By shopping around, you can be sure of getting access to the sports you want - and, but extension, to all the different types of bets there are when you are looking to get involved with the big action.

Feel The Sports Betting Site

Beyond all the measurable factors that dictate which is right for you, you simply have to feel at home. This can be a question of design, or navigation, or even the tone of voice used on the website or app. It's a bit like trying on several hats in a shop; once you have found the right one, you know it's right for you.

Get to Know the Rules

It's important to know that there are occasions when rules on wagers differ between Mississippi sports betting sites. For instance, there may be a minimum price on your initial risk-free bet at one operator, but not another. Similarly, the minimum number of selections in your parlay for parlay insurance to apply may vary between sportsbooks. Be sure you check these out.

Promotions & Offers At Mississippi Online Sportsbooks

If regulated online sports betting in Mississippi goes live, and operators begin to take bets online, the competition for custom is sure to be fierce. One potent weapon deployed by companies that offer sports betting in the battle for clients is promotions. There are several types of bonuses that can give sports bettors so much extra value as they enjoy their remote wagering experience. Be sure to look for these Mississippi betting promos on the recommended operator sites and apps.

Risk-Free Bets 

Many leading online sports betting sites offer a risk-free bet as a welcome offer to greet new customers. This is a simple and easily understood bonus that gets your relationship with a sportsbook off to a pleasant start. If your first bet wins, you pick up your return as normal. But if it loses, your stake is returned to you as a free bet - sometimes up to a limit of $1,000 or more.

Deposit Match

One type of welcome bonus that adds serious power to your new betting account is a deposit match. However much you place in your new account, the sportsbook will add to it. On some occasions, this will be by 100 percent, meaning your balance is effectively doubled instantly. Always check the terms and conditions, though, to ensure you get the most from your offer.

Referral Bonuses

Customer acquisition is a serious business for all legal online sports betting companies - and they love it when you help them to add to their customer base. So much so that there is often a referral bonus on offer. If one of your buddies signs up for a new account on your recommendation, you should receive a bonus, usually in the form of a free bet that can be worth up to $100.

Odds Boosts

Regular customers enjoy odds boosts because they ensure that your return on a particular bet could be much higher than expected. Odds boosts are offered regularly by the best sportsbooks; some even have a dedicated section on their home page to showcase the enhanced prices for that day. The boost should show the original odds too, so that you can see how much of a boost has been applied.

Parlay Insurances

Parlays are a hugely popular way of betting. The reward on offer can be substantial, in that you could get a handsome return from a small stake if all your selections are correct and the odds multiply. However, the risk is that if any of those picks let you down, you end up with nothing. With parlay insurance, however, if just one of your selections is a loser and the others all win, you get your initial stake back as a free bet.

Retail Sports Betting vs. Mobile Sports Betting

There are many reasons why people enjoy visiting a casino or other licensed retail premises to place a sports wager. Similarly, there are also those who will insist that nothing compares to the experience of being able to bet on your mobile. Let's look at the pros and cons of both.

Retail Sports Betting Pros and Cons

โœ”๏ธ The excitement of being "in the room"โŒ Need to travel to a casino to place a bet
โœ”๏ธ Availability of expert staff to assist with betsโŒ Distraction of other bettors close by
โœ”๏ธ Accessibility to casino gamesโŒ Lack of home comforts

Mobile Sports Betting Pros and Cons

โœ”๏ธ Excellent casino game libraryโŒ Occasional app glitches
โœ”๏ธ Intuitive site/app designโŒ Customer service โ€œonlyโ€ available 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
โœ”๏ธ Intuitive site/app designโŒ Customer service โ€œonlyโ€ available 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Available Sports Wagers At Legal Mississippi Sportsbooks

What types of bets can you expect to find and enjoy at online and retail betting sites in Mississippi and elsewhere? Here is a guide to the various methods of wagering on sports events.

  • Moneyline The simplest way of betting on a game, is which side do you think will win? If the Memphis Grizzlies are favored to prevail in their next NBA game, and their odds are -150, you win $100 for every $150 you stake. But if they are the outsiders at +140, you win $140 for every $100 you put down.
  • Parlays A parlay is a multiple bet. You can combine several selections with a single stake, and as each of your picks wins, the return rolls over onto the next in line. On the plus side, if all your selections are correct, you could receive a fantastic return. On the negative side, though, if just one of them is unsuccessful your bet is worth nothing.
  • Over/Under Totals Within each game, there are certain outcomes that are measured in totals. The easiest example is the combined number of points, goals or runs both teams will score. An operator might put up a total of 200 for the points in the New Orleans Pelicans' next game; if you think there will be more, you bet on the "over" and if you are sure there will be fewer, you wager on the "under".
  • Point Spreads These are incredibly popular with sports fans. A spread is effectively a handicap; for instance, an operator may feel the New Orleans Saints will win their next NFL game by at least six points and give their opponents that start, with the odds about both teams roughly equal. If you think the Saints will win by seven or more, you bet accordingly and hope they "cover the spread".
  • Futures While most betting markets relate to events taking place today or tomorrow, you can look further ahead. If you feel, for instance, that the St Louis Blues will win next season's Stanley Cup Finals, you should be able to find such a wager available in the NHL section of a good MS sports betting app and site and put your money down well in advance.
  • Prop Bets There are numerous ways to enjoy wagers that have nothing to do with the overall result of a game. These are called proposition bets, and they can relate to a player's performance or a team's. It could be the first scorer, the number of points in the first period, the team to lead at half-time; check out the list of props on a big game and you may be surprised how long it is.
  • Live Bets Modern digital technology enables sportsbooks to update odds instantly. One of the side-effects of this is that they can continue to take wagers even after an event has started. Increasing numbers of bettors enjoy the challenge of placing a bet during a game - this is one of those moments when a quick user interface is a key consideration.
  • Prohibited Bets Some wagers are prohibited in all states. For instance, no licensed US sportsbook is allowed to offer markets on political events, including elections. In some areas, there are restrictions on college events. You may be unable to bet on your local college team at all, or there may be limits on live bets or props relating to a player's performance. Always check which bets are prohibited.

Mississippi Sports to Bet On

Mississippi is one of the many states that is not home to any professional team in the big four sports: football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. However, that does not prevent sports fans among the three million residents of the Magnolia State from following avidly the top-level action in pro sports, as well as leading college teams based in the state.

If the chance arises to place mobile wagers or visit online sites, you can be sure there will be a hearty appetite to wager on the following sports.

NFL Betting

Football is the leading sport in the U.S., with millions of fans devoted to the game from coast to coast. It also generates serious betting interest; the Super Bowl is widely believed to be the biggest annual sports betting event on the calendar. The NFL offers numerous opportunities to wager on games throughout the regular season and the playoffs.

College Sports Betting

College sports generate enormous interest among fans across the U.S. Mississippi has several notable programs and teams, including the Ole Miss Rebels and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Both teams play in the FBS, the highest level of college football in the country, draw big crowds to their games and will generate significant online betting interest if wagers on college sports are permitted.

NBA Betting

Across the world, basketball is one of the leading sports from a wagering perspective. Fans love the opportunity to bet on this high-scoring, fast-moving game, and the many breaks in play encourage in-running wagers. The NBA is, of course, the world's top league, and it generates huge interest through the regular season and the NBA Finals.

MLB Betting

Baseball's long history ensures it retains a place close to the heart of American sports fans. Bettors love it too for the extensive opportunities it delivers for wagering both before and during games. Baseball will always have a high profile in the USA, from spring training through the long regular season and all the way to the World Series.

NHL Betting

Hockey has become a genuinely coast-to-coast sport in recent decades. Expansion teams have moved into states not previously associated with the game, and as a result, there are plenty of hockey fans to be found in every state. Hockey is another sport that offers numerous ways to get involved through wagering, particularly on-point spreads, totals or props.

Mississippi Teams To Bet On

There may be no big four teams in Mississippi itself, but they are two premier collegiate programs in the state and plenty of leading sides in neighboring states that draw considerable support from the Magnolia State. When Mississippi sports betting goes live, these are the teams you will want to place your bets on:

  • Ole Miss The University of Mississippi or more commonly known as Ole Miss has been a stalwart SEC challenger with 3 national titles in program history With current head coach and offensive guru Lane Kiffin in tow, the Rebels are coming off of a 10-3 season in 2021 and a Sugar Bowl appearance. On the hardwood, The Rebels are led by Kermit Davis and are trying to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019.
  • Mississippi State The other major collegiate program in Mississippi is Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are led by the mastermind behind the 'Air Raid' offense in Mike Leach. The Bulldogs have only won the SEC once in 1998. Under the tutelage of head coach Ben Howland, the Bulldogs basketball team has been a constant contender to make some noise in the tournament.
  • New Orleans Saints The Saints have generated passionate support from New Orleans and beyond since 1967. Their only Super Bowl triumph, in 2010, was an emotional occasion that for many epitomized the city's recovery from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Tennessee Titans The Titans have been in Tennessee since 1997, and have built up a dedicated following since. Their closest brush with Super Bowl glory was in 2000 when their final drive finished one yard short in a clash with the St Louis Rams.
  • Memphis Grizzlies Memphis bestrides the border between Mississippi and Tennessee, so it's no wonder so many MS fans pull for the Grizzlies. Located in Memphis since 2001, the Grizzlies have strengthened in recent seasons and were divisional champs in 2022.
  • New Orleans Pelicans At the other end of the state, the proximity of the Pels ensures many Mississippi folks root for them, hoping they can add to their single divisional title from 2008. They would assuredly place sports bets on their games if they could.
  • Atlanta Braves The Braves have been in Atlanta since 1966 and have twice brought World Series glory to the city - most recently in 2021. If the Mississippi sports betting laws are changed soon, there will be plenty of mobile sports bets on the Braves from MS.
  • St. Louis Cardinals The history of the Cards dates way back to 1882. This is one of the most famous teams in Major League, ensuring they have fans far and wide. Those fans have enjoyed no fewer than 11 World Series wins, the most recent in 2011.
  • St. Louis Blues Founded in 1967, the Blues draw support from far and wide - including among many hockey fans in Mississippi. The Blues have been a strong side in recent seasons, capped in 2018-19 when they won the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time.
  • Nashville Predators Nashville has been home to top-level hockey action since 1998. The Preds have yet to lift the Stanley Cup, though they made it all the way to the final in 2017 before losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Other Potential Mississippi Betting Options

While we wait to see if any future sports betting bills are successful in bringing legal online sports betting to Mississippi, are there any other options? The stringency of the gambling laws in the Magnolia State ensures there are very few ways of gambling outside the many casinos here.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily Fantasy Sports were legalized in Mississippi under the fantasy sports bill of 2017 which also opened the door to retail sports betting a year later. As a result, Mississippi fantasy sites are permitted to operate here. Leading providers FanDuel and DraftKings are among the companies that offer games to players here.

Horse Racing

There are no horse racing tracks in Mississippi - and, unlike in many other states where racing stands apart from other sports - no licensed websites where you can bet on races elsewhere. The only option for horse racing betting fans is to visit a licensed casino property, where you can place pari-mutuel bets.

Elections

As in the rest of the USA, no sportsbook in Mississippi - either online in the future or at a casino resort at present - is allowed to offer markets on political events, including elections.

Pop Culture Ceremonies

In some states, bettors are allowed to wager on events such as the Academy Awards, the Grammys and other cultural happenings such as TV reality shows. It seems unlikely that even the best sportsbooks in Mississippi will be allowed to offer such bets.

eSports

Wagering on eSports has become increasingly popular in recent years. Many states where sports betting is legal to have relaxed restrictions to allow wagering on such events. It remains to be seen whether or not online betting sites in Mississippi will be allowed to offer eSports bets.

Responsible Gambling

All leading sportsbooks now accept the need to encourage responsible gambling at all times. While for most of us this is a light-hearted and relaxing activity, some people encounter serious problems as they lose control of their wagering and slide into addiction.

As well as the extensive advice and resources supplied on all good betting sites, there are organizations in Mississippi that offer help and practical support. One such is the Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling.

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Martin Booth is an award-winning contributor covering sports betting and casino gaming around the world for decades, Martin is one of the most trusted voices in online gambling, from legislative updates to breaking down the top betting apps in various states.